This volume probes into the mechanisms of how languages are created, legitimized, maintained, or destroyed in the service of the extant nation-states across Central Europe.
Through chapters from contributors in North America, Europe, and Asia, the book offers an interdisciplinary introduction to the rise of the ethnolinguistic nation-state during the past century as the sole legitimate model of statehood in today’s Central Europe. The collection’s focus is on the last three decades, namely the postcommunist period, taking into consideration the effects of the recent rise of cyberspace and the resulting radical forms of populism across contemporary Central Europe. It analyzes languages and their uses not as given by history, nature, or deity but as constructs produced, changed, maintained, and abandoned by humans and their groups. In this way, the volume contributes saliently to the store of knowledge on the latest social (sociolinguistic) and political history of the region’s languages, including their functioning in respective national polities and on the internet.
Languages and Nationalism Instead of Empires is a compelling resource for historians, linguists, and political scientists who work on Central and Eastern Europe.
Tomasz Kamusella and Motoki Nomachi
Language or Dialect? A Crux in the History of Central European Nation-Building
Language and Place in Recent Eastern European Linguistic Regionalism
Part 1: State Languages
The Russian Standard Language from the Empire Through the Revolution and Stalinism to Perestroika
Jan Ivar Bjørnflaten
Attitudes to Linguistic Accuracy among Russian-Speaking Social Media Users
Rethinking the Graphization of the Belarusian Language in Eastern and Western Belarus During the Interwar Period
Urban Oral Ukrainian of the 1920s as Reflected in Early Soviet Literature
Democratizing Linguistic Forms: Language Regulation and Diachronic Shifts in Czech
Script Revitalization? Reemergence of Old Scripts Among South Slavs
Aleksandra Salamurović and Motoki Nomachi
Ideology Against Language: The Current Situation in South Slavic Countries
Change and Variation in the Bulgarian Language of the Internet and Social Media
Part 2: Substate Languages
The Latvian (In)Dependence and the Latgalian Language Question
Silesian: Between Suppression in Poland and Flourishing on the Web
Codification of Vojvodina Rusyn: Language Ideology in Kosteljnik's Grammar of 1923
Standardizing Vlach Romanian in Eastern Serbia: A Remissive Issue
Annemarie Sorescu-Marinković and Monica Huțanu